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Pat 12th December 2017 02:57 PM

1796 Light Cavalry Sabre B Markings
 
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Hi everyone,

I recently received a 1796 light cavalry sabre, and I'm not sure what to make of two B's that are stamped into the spine of the blade. The seller stated that they indicate the blade was made in Birmingham, which seemed plausible considering the scabbard reads Woolley, Deakin and Dutton. However, after some googling, another seller says they are bench test marks. I don't know what to believe now, so do any of you have more information on these markings? One is located at the point of balance 18.2 cm / 7.16" from the guard, and the other one about 12 cm / 4.7"further down the blade towards the point.

Thanks

Will M 13th December 2017 12:29 AM

This "B" and sometimes in this case 2 "B's are balance points.
One "B" is the balance point for the blade itself, the other for the assembled sword. B's on the spine only have one meaning and it is balance point.
Look carefully and you may see a line through the B

fernando 13th December 2017 10:41 AM

Excelent shot, Will
So we keep learning :cool: .

Pat 13th December 2017 12:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Will M
This "B" and sometimes in this case 2 "B's are balance points.
One "B" is the balance point for the blade itself, the other for the assembled sword. B's on the spine only have one meaning and it is balance point.
Look carefully and you may see a line through the B


Thanks a lot for clearing that up Will!


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